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Tabloid Spotlight on the Hollywood Starlet by Tricia Knoll

Tabloid Spotlight on the Hollywood Starlet by Tricia Knoll

As if sadness is a heroine, as if sadness requires polaroid sunglasses to cool down all-white glare, as if sadness demands a shopping opportunity on Robertson Boulevard, the headline says she was caught candid on the boutique street, shopping bag dangling. Without her newborn, her legs, lifted in heels, line up to stretch her thighs […]

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Sonnet for Autumn by Ann Churcher

Sonnet for Autumn by Ann Churcher

A rolling sea of sky drowns out the land. A shoal of meadow pipits glitter through To where the ash trees on the shore line stand. And ploughed and furrowed earth soaks up the blue. When I was young I had the time to gaze. To add the moments to my growing store. To write […]

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Release by Valerie Nieman

Release by Valerie Nieman

Each bird is cast to the sky like a poor man tosses his child to water: lift yourself through the blue and swim. “Release” appeared in “Hotel Worthy.” — Valerie Nieman is the author of two poetry collections, Hotel Worthy and Wake Wake Wake, and three novels, the most recent being Blood Clay. She has […]

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Instructions by Terry Gomez

Instructions by Terry Gomez

She said to her daughter Always trust in the Holy Ones Even though they aren’t seen They are here At all times Always give to strangers and to People who come to your home In need of a drink of water And make sure that they are feeling well Before they leave Always look at […]

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Lore II: Tap’s Tips by Valerie Nieman

Lore II: Tap’s Tips by Valerie Nieman

Lost, you can follow water down to civilization – a bridge, a mill, a town – because water makes wealth. Dry leaves are a comforter for the forlorn – tunneled into, they trap heat and life. In snow country, hemlock boughs bent over your single bed may be sealed by snowfall. You can daub your […]

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Wolf Creek by Kathryn Stripling Byer

Wolf Creek by Kathryn Stripling Byer

Here they would gather at night swapping wolf song and lapping the quick water. Creekside, they found her, abandoned by whoever nestled her into the tangles of yellowroot, hoping the old native stories might be true, the offspring of Wayah would come to her, nuzzling her swaddling, dragging her into their dens. Maybe it happened […]

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Herman by Cheryl Pearson

Herman by Cheryl Pearson

You named him Herman: the yellow-striped brute who spun his quarters on your kitchen sill. Most people would have turned him out. Not you. You let him claim that bit of corner like a tenant, blotting out that knot of sky beneath the gutter. At night he made an eight-legged hole in the stars. I […]

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Another Spring’s Twilight by M.J. Iuppa

Another Spring’s Twilight by M.J. Iuppa

When twilight ripens to the color of plum, we can smell its fragrance, sun & new straw, shadows pooling along the orchard’s worn hemlines, re- minding us of what has survived another year, despite our idle talk of giving up.                               […]

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Marching Jay-bird by Valerie Nieman

Marching Jay-bird by Valerie Nieman

I onc’t heard this banjo tune, a bold thing like a young soldier from wars long done, stepping off with his buckles and buttons a-shine. I have knowed the jay-bird from north by the five lakes to close on Florida. He’ll tattle the hunter and prowling cat, and run off buzzard and owl. The jay-bird […]

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Swim by Braille by Mimi Herman

Swim by Braille by Mimi Herman

Down here, in this evolutionary cul de sac, the fish have no eyes. Coral has to guess at how red it is. Mostly, it’s bleached, and etched with scars. The dark is afraid of itself. Everything of every weight is absorbed by the ocean floor. Not wood or bones—dense as they are, air still permeates […]

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